Sun Surf and Skating Adventures: Independence of the Seas Cruise Review by denise higgins
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Sun Surf and Skating Adventures
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
My daughter had an absolutely superb time, ice skating, climbing the wall, and riding the surf machines on days at sea, and on return from visits ashore! An absolutely fun packed and entertaining ship for older children.
Anytime dining was good for us, we could eat in the main informal dining room and also the lovely formal dining room whenever we wanted which was great. Drinks packages can be bought either beforehand or once on board - we More purchased a soft drinks package for my daughter which worked out good value. Many drinks available free all day - coffee tea, juices, water etc.
Promenade had a reasonable variety of shops and was also the venue for some of the parades which were entertaining for all ages. Evening entertainment was varied and of a high standard. The ice shows were very popular though and many could not get tickets even after queueing from 7am time announced (go half hour earlier would be my recommendation).
The port drop offs/organisation was well organised, although it's no mean feat getting thousands of people off the ship - disembark early or wait until mid day to avoid some queueing. Excursions varied in choice and price. I went on three and none of them disappointing. Food choice and quality excellent in all restaurants, friendly service from all received. Spa facilities and gym very good, excellent range of treatments, a brilliant family holiday for all - even if you never wanted to get off throughout the 14 days - would be plenty to do! Less
Cabin review: N Interior Stateroom
Was quiet, quite a way from the elevators though - would book more mid ship next time (we were in a cabin at rear of ship) facilities overall were good, and well serviced. would have liked more hangers already in the closet/wardrobe(although we did get some more with no problem when we asked). Bathroom was small but ok for the 2 of us.Read All Interior Stateroom (N) Reviews >>
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